I take the needle off the record
and shove it in my arm
whenever I feel life is
comin’ on too strong
they left me in a clinc fulla
cynical motha fuckin’ bureaucrats
and other kinda ding bats
Livin on the tracks
the tracks in my arms said
it all depends which side the tracks your on.
tellin’ me what to wear
tellin’ me cut my hair
and tryin to convince me that they
really really care
all about my health and about my wealth
but still they built the stealth
just lookin out for they self
so then I ask ’em
can i have a clean needle
"hell no that’s illegal!"
’cause it’s a crime to be broke in america
and it’s a crime to smoke dank in america!
"yeah hit those drums now"
they lockin brother’s in the poorhouse
who can’t afford moorhouse
it’s the only free service they provide
you wanna go inside
there’s a hot meal waitin’ for ya
a deal we can score ya
on a bed for a night or two
or three or four months.
They say lockin us up in cells
to protect us from ourselves
its smells like they got anotha
plan in the store house
or should i say warehouse
fulla niggas and other misfits
thta couldn’t turn tricks in the courthouse
it’s a justice whore house
It’s a crime to be broke in america
and it’s a crime to be black in america!
But there’s a mutiny on the bounty
in ever single county
we remember attica
but don’t forget to pat a few
other on the back as a matter of fact
sister Asatta Shakur and Geronimo Pratt
’cause Amnesty International
is fightin’ for political
but if your analytical
you know it’s much more critical than that
percentages black is really, really whack
can i kick a few facts yes?
six percent in college
from livin on the block
twenty five percent in prison
the school of hard knocks
fifty percent in poverty
is livin on the rocks
five hundred brothas on a death row box.
The punishment is capital
for those lack in capital
because a public defender
can’t remember the last time
that a brother wasn’t treated like an animal
They say they blame it on a song
when someone kills a cop
what music did they listen to
when they bombed Iraq?
give me one example so I can take a sample
no need to play it backwards
if you wanna hear a devil
cause musics not the problem
it didn’t cause the bombin
but maybe they should listen
to the songs of people starving…
‘Cause it’s a crime to be broke in america
it’s a crime to smoke dank in america
it’s a crime to be blcak in america!
it’s a crime to be black in america
it’s a crime to be Puerto Rican